I LAY DOWN MY LIFE

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Opening Prayer

O Good Shepherd, seek me, and bring me home to your fold again. I am like the man on the road to Jericho who was attacked by robbers, wounded and left half dead. You who are the Good Samaritan, lift me up, and deal favorably with me according to your good pleasure, until I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, and praise you forever.

—St. Jerome

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John 10:17-21 NIV

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

 

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The Maker of man was made man, that the Ruler of the stars might suck at the breast; that the Bread might be hungered; the Fountain, thirst; the Light, sleep; the Way, be wearied by the journey; the Truth, be accused by false witnesses; the Judge of the living and the dead, be judged by a mortal judge; the Chastener, be chastised with whips; the Vine, be crowned with thorns; the Foundation, be hung upon the tree; Strength be made weak; health, be wounded; Life, die. To suffer these and suchlike things, undeserved things, that He might free the undeserving, for neither did He deserve any evil, who for our sakes endured so many evils, nor were we deserving of anything good, we who through Him received such good.

—St. Augustine, The Confessions

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